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EAA, Members Critical of FAA’s New TTF Policy

December 22, 2009 — The general aviation community has responded strongly to the proposed FAA policy on residential through the fence (TTF) agreements at public-use airports. EAA has been collecting comments from members and has compiled them in a letter to the FAA asking the agency to abandon its proposed one-size-fits-all policy.

“The prior FAA policy, which allowed adjacent residential property through-the-fence agreements on a case-by-case basis based on the economic and operational needs of the public airport, and when safety, security, and equitable compensation issues were addressed, must be continued,” EAA wrote in a December 21 letter to Charles Erhard, FAA’s manager of airport compliance and field operations. EAA wrote that the new policy tries to address a few isolated instances by imposing an inflexible set of rules to cover all situations. EAA also asserts that the FAA’s stated goal of making airports economically self-sufficient would be hampered by the new policy since TTF agreements serve as funding sources for many general aviation airports.

EAA members have been unequivocal in their displeasure of the policy in comments submitted to a thread on Oshkosh365. More than 40 comments are posted the thread, including the following:

I live and operate through the fence and I feel that my operations are an asset to the airports safety, security, and promote the city’s fine airport. My property is located immediately adjacent to the airport taxiway, and the hangar (is) located on my property which has been used to house transient aircraft in need of shelter from storms, etc.

All pilots have the opportunity to be great ambassadors of aviation and we all have an obligation to help with safety, security, and airport promotion to the general public at every opportunity. Please do not restrict us from our ability to help. - John Glynn, Bloyer Field, Tomah, Wisconsin

Jerry and Barbara Norcia of Creswell, Oregon, live adjacent to Hobby Field Airport (77S) and submitted their comments via a simple and poignant video about how the new policy will disrupt their lives.

In hoping to draw on the positive past working relationship it’s had with the FAA in resolving this contentious issue, EAA wrote, “We are confident that working together, we can find a way to allow for residential through-the-fence operations while addressing the need to protect the future vitality of general aviation airports.” EAA also looks forward to working closely with the Airports Division at the upcoming annual EAA/FAA Winter Summit meeting “to address the concerns of the aviation community.”

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